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YMMV / The Pretender

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  • Angst? What Angst?: In "Toy Surprise," we find that Mr. Parker never seemed perturbed by his wife's death. Sydney even recalled Mr. Parker told him "Life goes on" and resumed life as if nothing happened - immediately after the funeral, thus suggesting this trope. A DSA that Angelo had obtained even shows that exact conversation, but after Sydney leaves, we see Mr. Parker sit down and openly weep over Catherine.
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  • Better on DVD: Loose ends or not, the DVDs make it a lot easier to try to keep track of what's going on instead of getting one episode at a time.
  • The Chris Carter Effect: It became increasingly apparent that the writers had no real idea where any of the the ongoing mysteries of The Centre were actually going, nor any interest in resolving them.
  • Cry for the Devil: In the flashbacks to "Once in a Blue Moon," Jarod stops a serial killer (but fails to save the final victim). In the present, he foils the copycat in time and discovers the body of the girl he failed to save all those years ago. In the next scene, we see Big Bad Mr. Raines clutching the girl's necklace and crying. Sydney lampshades this trope by telling Miss Parker, "Sometimes, even the devil deserves a little privacy."
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: In "Red Rock Jarod," Lyle has kidnapped a pregnant woman and buried her alive. To get him to reveal where she was buried, Kyle intends to use his knife. The stabbing happens off-screen, but when next seen, Lyle is clearly suffering from a nasty wound. Years later, another Jeffrey Donovan character would repeatedly insist that the Jack Bauer Interrogation Technique never works.
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  • It Was His Sled: Jarod having both a brother and sister.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Mr. Lyle killing Kyle.
  • Nightmare Fuel:
    • "Not Even a Mouse." How George died: After the drunk-driving coroner accidentally hit him, she panicked, injected him with a paralytic, and finished him off via autopsy. Later, a disgusted Jarod paralyzes her and sends her off to the same fate (or so she thinks), teaching her empathy for George the hard way. Uh, this is a Christmas Episode, right?
  • Seasonal Rot: Season 4. The Chris Carter Effect was in full force, old storylines were being recycled, and newer ones (like Mr. Parker on the run and the whole story behind Thomas' murder) meandered. Those kind of complaints certainly cropped up in the first three seasons, but individual episode quality also began to suffer.
  • Tearjerker: The end of "The Dragon House, Part 2." Jarod's brother Kyle is presumed dead (though he is later shown to have survived), while he found his mother and sister - only to lose them again just as quickly.
    • "Red Rock Jarod," where Kyle dies for real in Jarod's arms.
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    • The end of "Under the Reds" when despite Jarod's best efforts, Steven Chambers' parents decide to take their comatose son off life support and donate his heart to a boy in Cleveland.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: Mr. White, the enigmatic albino played by Tobin Bell. Among other things, White acts as The Centre's "finder" for families that could be used as leverage. He plays a notable role in the Season 4 premiere, has been searching for Jarod's family and even tells him he'll "see [him] on down the road," but he never returns.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: The first half of Season 4 sees Mr. Parker on the run from the Triumvirate. Not once does he ever cross paths with Jarod during this time. Mr. Parker is also marked for death and struggling to regain his position, but almost all of that material is kept off-screen.
  • Toy Ship: Young Jarod and Miss Parker.
    Jarod: I still remember the little girl who gave me my first kiss.
  • Ugly Cute: Not physically cute, but absolutely adorable in his mannerisms, childlike innocence, and childlike love.


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